Amelia Ehrhardt, Curator, joined us in September 2015. She is a curator and choreographer based in Toronto, the founder of the multidisciplinary performance series Flowchart; in 2015, she was the Curating Producer of the inaugural Dance Series at SummerWorks Performance Festival. Amelia's work interrogates the specificities and parameters of contemporary dance. She has developed her work in residence at HATCH/Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Studio 303 (Montréal), and has been commissioned by the Nomadic Curatorial Collective. Amelia has performed in works by Carol Anderson, Susie Burpee, Julia Sasso and Menaka Thakkar. In 2014 she reanimated Suzy Lake's Choreographed Puppet at the Art Gallery of Ontario's First Thursdays event. An active arts advocate, Amelia has extensive experience in creating, fostering, and developing artist-led and artist-run platforms and initiatives. She was on the creative team of grassroots contemporary dance training provider the Toronto Dance Community Love-in from 2013-2015 where she worked on the planning and implementation of two summer intensives, a performance series, and two full seasons of regular workshops. She is the former Administrative Director of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - Ontario Chapter, a position she held after several years of parallel career work in arts administration. Amelia is a graduate of the professional program at George Brown Dance (2008) and holds an honours BA in Dance Studies from York University (2012). In 2013, Amelia attended Impulstanz Vienna International Dance Festival through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Frances Shakov, General Manager, is a cultural management specialist with several years of progressive responsibilities in the arts, working primarily with small- to mid-sized budget charitable performing arts organizations. With a toolbox of well-rounded core administration skills, she specializes in operations capacity building, financial management, strategic planning & implementing, public & private sector fund development, marketing communications and volunteer leadership relations. Prior to joining us in January 2016, Frances was the Operations Executive of the national arts education charity ArtsSmarts; the General Manager for Canada’s Ballet Jőrgen; Executive Director at STAF (now known as Generator); and Regent Park School of Music’s Executive Director. Tour experience includes trey anthony’s ‘Da Kink in My Hair to London UK; the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s North American tour; and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s first US tour. With a comprehensive background in marketing communications and audience development, Frances was the Marketing Director at the Canadian Opera Company; Marketing Manager for the Bournemouth Symphony; the Marketing and Communications Director at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; and Marketing Officer-Theatre at the National Arts Centre. She has developed and delivered many marketing, grant writing, budgeting and fund development workshops for independent artists in Toronto and Montreal; lectured Theatre Administration for three years at the University of Ottawa; and sat on grant assessment committees for the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and Theatre Ontario. Frances holds a BA Honours in Theatre from the University of Ottawa; a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration; and a Banff Management for Arts Administrators diploma.